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PlantFiles: Golden Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: quercifolia (kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Honey
Additional cultivar information: (PP15477)
Hybridized by Jarzynka; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral yarddawg50 On Sep 27, 2012, yarddawg50 from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

Lost 4 planted in fall 2011 in zone 7A. All have been replaced and re-planted September 27, 2012. I cannot confirm there was a problem with the plants or with site selection since the plants did not leaf out this spring. The dead plants were from mail order very small. (quart size) Replaced them with 3 gallon size from a local nursery. Hope to add positive comments in 2013.

Negative atcps On Jun 28, 2012, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I purchased this in the all of 2009 and planted it in part sun/high shade conditions in well amended soil. By the time spring rolled around it was dead. Normally I give plants two tries but the whole time it was here it was so weak looking and just not attractive at all and its high cost does not warrant another try. There are too many other good cultivars out there that deserve a spot. I cannot recommend this weak plant. At least not for my area in northern Middle Tennessee.

Positive rkwright85 On Jul 2, 2011, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have been curious about this for a couple years and finally planted a couple. I love oakleaf hydrangeas and was afraid this one would disappoint me but it has been every bit as good as advertised. Fall color is really something, even in pretty dense shade. I trim them often to keep them from flopping over and they respond well to it.

Positive gardenermark On Feb 20, 2005, gardenermark from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered six of these from Heronswood last year. I have them planted underneath a row of crepe myrtles. The foliage color is really excellent. My yard is fairly protected and several of the bigger plants still have last years deep maroon foliage on them and are definitely alive. They required no special care after the first few weeks when I babied them with plenty of water to make sure they didn't dry out. The two smallest have lost all their leaves and are now merely a small stick poking just above the mulch. I am anxious to see if all of them do well in the spring. Update: These have all come back and finally bloomed last spring(2011.) These are beautiful plants.

Positive lmelling On Dec 5, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

In "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004), it says: Sport of 'Pee Wee' by Peter Catt with soft yellow leaves. Yellow supposedly holds into summer with leaves turning red in fall. Briggs Nursery, Olympia, WA has produced this selection via tissue culture.

Neutral henryr10 On May 2, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I really can't recommend yet, as I just received it yesterday, but it is stunning.
Especially against a 'regular' Oak Leaf.

Now available in a few more places, but VERY limited.
This one came from Klehm's Song Sparrow.
Perfectly grown and shipped, as is usual for them.

As the season progresses I'll update notes and photos.

Positive M_Bond On Oct 19, 2003, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This new oakleaf hydrangea cultivar is a golden-leaved sport of the cultivar 'Pee-Wee', so it is also a dwarf. It grows to about 3'-4' and has beautiful golden leaves emerging in the spring that become chartreuse with age, and finally spring green by mid-summer. The leaves turn bright scarlet in the fall, as well. A small, gold-leaved oakleaf hydrangea has so many uses to lighten up a shade garden!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Belmont, California
Brea, California
Pasadena, California
Redwood City, California
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Allegan, Michigan
Horton, Michigan
Canandaigua, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Chesapeake, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia (2 reports)
Lexington, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spencer, West Virginia

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